Ferry service between Galveston Island and the Bolivar Peninsula resumed its regular schedule of operation Wednesday.

Ferries are once again running 24 hours a day, each day of the week, the Texas Department of Transportation announced Wednesday morning.

The ferry service had been suspended since late Saturday when a barge carrying 924,000 gallons of heavy fuel oil collided with a 585-foot bulk cargo ship near the Texas City Dike.

One of the barge’s storage tanks, which held up to 168,000 gallons of oil, ruptured in the collision.

Limited operation from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. was restored on Monday evening as the U.S. Coast Guard slowly begin to reopened the channel to shipping traffic.

The oil spill cleanup effort is still ongoing and the transportation department warned travelers to still use caution when riding the ferry.

“Travelers should be aware that oily conditions may still exist,” the department said in a statement.

Travelers on the ferry should avoid the bow of the vessel where water spray is highest, the department said.

Ferries will also be traveling at reduced capacity and slower speeds so passengers should plan for additional travel time, transportation officials said.

Contact reporter Christopher Smith Gonzalez at 409-683-5314 or chris.gonzalez@galvnews.com.

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Steve Fouga

TITLE OF ARTICLE: "Ferry service back at full speed"

STATEMENT IN ARTICLE: "Ferries will also be traveling at reduced capacity and slower speeds so passengers should plan for additional travel time, transportation officials said."

Funny.

Mike Leahy

Typical...

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